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Rhythm in Khajuraho

 
Ashok Khanna (Author)
Synopsis Nearly one millennium ago, the Chandelas of Central India gathered a bend of carves of stone who set to hew images of beautiful dances and robust men, Nymphs and Apsaras, Yakshas and Yakshnies, God and Goddesses, birds and animals, fruits and flowers. Their imagination ran riot. They could think of anything and would carve it in stone. They would not only create works of art, but would relate to each of them. They would sit with those images and talk to them. These carvers of stone have truly left the innumerable pieces de resistance for the succeeding generations of viewers from all over the world. During the years of Chandelas, the number of temples dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Buddhas and Bhikshus, and Jaina Tirthankars, supporting these images, rose to over eighty. Now only about twenty remain due to ravages of time and elements. The lakes, the ponds, the water falls around which these temples were raised too have disappeared. After all, what these sculptors were seeking, was it sundaram (charming), was it satyam (truth) or was it Shivan (God)? No, they were not after one of the three, they were in search of all the three. This is what comes out from Khajuraho, this is what the photographs of this book by Ashok Khanna tell us. The celestial song or 'the hymn of beauty of woman' as Khanna puts it, can still be herd when you go round these temples at Khajuraho, now one of the sites of world heritage. This pictorial book by Ashok Khanna will surely add to the collection of any connoisseur of art.
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Bibliographic information

Title Rhythm in Khajuraho
Author Ashok Khanna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 817433016X
length 160p., Plates; Maps.